Unique Streets: 25
Miles Walked: 5.33
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day, underlined are not in the city): Sterling Street, Esop Way, Conway Street, No Name, Fort Hill Street, Fernleaf Street, Arlington Avenue, Norte Way, Spring Street, Waite Street, Weber Way, Rahe Street, Jonquil Street, Walnut Street, Frederick Street, Luther Street, Dawes Street, Mountain Avenue, Wenke Street, Sur Way, Brent Street, Schafer Street, Swearingen Way, Hart Way, Jonquil Way, Cobb Way, Wiese Street, Rothman Street, Emil Way, Topeka Street, Clover Street, Case Way, Flack Street, Cologne Street, Elsie Street, Eleanor Street, Charcot Street, Reiger Way, Fitler Street, Eccles Street, Baltic Way, Cobden Street, Northview Street, Stromberg Street, Oakley Way, Oakley Street, Mission Street, Barry Street, Holt Street, Sierra Street, Primrose Street
On this cloudy day, I took a drive to Arlington. There was a section I hadn’t walked yet but I’d be lying if that was my only motivation. I really wanted breakfast-for-lunch from Eggs & Moore. It had rained during the night and into the morning but the rain stayed mostly away for my walk.
I parked near the Arlington Park Spray Park in the South Side Slopes and debated on whether or not I should bring my umbrella. I left it in the car and set off walking. It was a bit chilly but the hills I would walk helped me warm up quickly.
On Waite Street, an orange alley cat watched me from a set of steps near a condemned (but possibly occupied) home.
Near St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Jonquil Street surreptitiously turned into a closed-off Walnut Street. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the name should have been a clue that I wasn’t in Pittsburgh anymore. Amy and I walked the city of Pittsburgh Walnut Street in Shadyside. This Walnut Street was in the borough of Mt. Oliver and not as maintained or busy as its city counterpart.
When I got to the corner of Walnut and Frederick, I realized where I was and decided to quickly get back in the city. Not before snapping this picture of a tiny bear lounging on a tiny couch.
On the Arlington side of Sterling Street, a bony man or woman took a break from partying and waved hello to me.
The back yards in many Arlington alleys held surprises.
While I didn’t see any roaming reptiles, I did see a literal sign of their presence.
I immediately doubted to veracity of this sign being that any respectable herpetologist knows that animals are venomous, not poisonous. Poisonous refers to toxicity when something is eaten. Venomous is toxicity related to a bite or sting. Maybe the sign is warning passersby not to lick any lizards they may come across.
Speaking of ingesting things, I was getting hungry and closer to my stomach’s desire. I got to the intersection of Flack and Jonquil and saw a sign for a street called Dial Way. The name didn’t sound familiar so I looked at Google Maps. The only street that showed to the east of Flack was called Goldbach and I was certain I’d walked that one. I figured it was a naming mistake and that I’d have to go back and edit my master list. I got home and discovered that Dial Way is a separate street and I didn’t walk on it! I’ll have to go back and while I’m at it, I’ll have to walk the other teeny, tiny street I missed today: Abel Street. Here is Abel Street in its entirety.
After a yummy lunch (two eggs-over hard, home fries, bacon, and toast) I wandered back into the South Side Slopes. There was one street in the middle I’d missed the last several times I’d walked in the Slopes: Oakley Way. It intersects with Oakley Street (which I did walk) and according to the Hopkins Map from 1923, it used to be called Orkney Way.
On Cobden Street I spied this tiny door…
…next to a pond with two tiny goldfish.
The views of the city and the Cathedral of Learning were not so tiny, rather, looming in the distance.
The clouds were also looming and soon, I found myself on Oakley/Orkney Way hiding under a porch overhang to get out of a 2 minute torrential downpour. It passed as quickly as it came on and then the sun started to come out.
After having marked another orphan off of my list, I walked up (the long, steep) Sterling Street. In March of this year, Eric, Amy, and I walked this exact route that runs along the South Side Park Sterling Connector Trail.
The valley used to be home to the St. Clair Incline but now boasts several trails that can be seen on the map above. The difference of a few months, inches of rain, and warm weather made a world of difference to the terrain. The valley as it was in March…
…and what it looks like in June…
I was VERY tempted to go downhill on the trail because the map listed one of the points of interest as “The Tombstones” on the Tombstone Trail. I’m interested. The POI appeared to be near the Bandi Schaum Community Garden and I will definitely be investigating on a future date. I did wander onto the trail a little bit because I wanted to see if the old incline station was still on the hill. Where the station would have sat, were two large graffiti-covered concrete buildings that now house the Henry Kaufmann Neighborhood House and the Arlington Community/Recreation Center. The trail that I walked used to be a street called Patterson Way.
Now, it’s barely wide enough for one person to walk. Blink, and you’ll miss it.